History of Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland is one of the most unique cities in the United States. It’s a city of great character and charm with nicknames, B’more and Charm City, and slogans, “The Greatest City in America” and “Believe”. From an historical perspective, Baltimore is known for being home to The Star-Spangled Banner, but in the more modern-era, the city is best known for its Maryland blue crabs, crab cakes, and Old Bay seasoning.
Among other attractions like historical sites, art and cultural venues, and festivals, Baltimore is a place for sports and home to many professional sports teams – the Ravens, Orioles, Blast, and Brigade (new AFL team) – and amateur sports for adults and youth. There is a love for sports like no other here in Baltimore and that love started from the emergence of Babe Ruth, one of greatest and beloved baseball players of all time, yet still a mythical figure of the city. The role of recreational sports in Ruth’s boyhood, helped to address the urban ills he faced, which ultimately gave him the foundation to develop into a pro athlete. This model of sports blossomed into and graced American culture. Baltimore embraced this sports culture through its creation of recreation centers that anchored communities throughout the city. As a result, the city has a rich history of developing its children and communities through sports participation.
Although, over the years, things like recreation center closures, unmaintained outdoor play spaces, and lack of sports in the schools have hurt the level of youth sports participation. Yet, in an effort to create better access to high-quality and affordable sports, the city is embarking on the next chapter to expand the quality and quantity of sport experiences for local youth.
In November 2016, Under Armour along with community brand partners, opened the UA House community center. And, in that same month a Children and Youth Fund was voted on and passed in the city election. This is only the start to a new beginning for Baltimore, a city that is looking for innovative and collaborative ways to build healthy communities through sports.